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27 Photos of Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and More Royal Family Members Visiting Northern Ireland

For decades, royals have thoroughly enjoyed their trips to the province.
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Northern Ireland, the lone section of Ireland governed by the larger U.K., has long been a must-see for members of the royal family. From a young Queen Elizabeth's visits to the province with her parents, to Prince William and Kate Middleton's surprise 2019 trip, here are the best photos of royals hanging out in Northern Ireland.

2019: Prince William and Kate Middleton practice their soccer moves during a visit the National Stadium in Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association.


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2019: Kate receives multiple bouquets from a crowd gathered to greet her and William outside the National Stadium.


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2018: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get a taste of Northern Ireland's history during a visit the Crown Liquor Saloon, a former Victorian gin palace owned by the National Trust.


2018: Harry and Meghan smile at the crowd after leaving the Crown Liquor Saloon.


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2017: Prince Harry meets Emma Mason and her seven-month-old son Henry in St Anne's Square, Belfast.


2017: Prince William dedicates a new lifeboat, called the "Ray of Hope" by pouring a measure of whiskey onto it.


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2016: Kate Middleton attends the Secretary of State's annual garden party at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


2014: Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth sample the local fare during a visit to St George's indoor market.


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2011: Kate Middleton flips a pancake with Ellie Tang, 6, at a display put on by the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.


2011: Prince William and his then-fiancee Kate Middleton, take part in a demonstration by farming students at Greenmount Agricultural College.


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2007: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles chuckle as a horse nibbles at Charles's hand


2004: Prince Charles meets local farmers and their animals at the World Ploughing Contest at Ballykelly, in Derry, Northern Ireland.


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2004: On St. Patrick's Day, Princess Anne presents a shamrock to the Irish Guards, including their canine mascot.


2002: Prince Edward and his wife, the Countess of Wessex, try their hand at archery at Barnetts Park in Belfast.


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1996: Prince Charles sits on the stones in the Giant's Wishing Chair at the Giant's Causeway, holding an Irish blackthorn stick. He later followed the site's tradition by making a secret wish.


1992: Princess Diana laughs with clergymen in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


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1985: Princess Diana helps a child blow out the candles on a birthday cake, celebrating the fourth anniversary of a child care unit in Belfast.


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1985: Diana, Princess of Wales, greets local fans during her surprise visit to Ulster, Northern Ireland. It was her first to the Province.


1977: Prince Andrew samples a piece of Ulster bread, a type of soda bread. Andrew joined Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the second day of their Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.


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1977: The Queen and Prince Philip wave to the cheering crowds from a window in Hillsborough Castle during their Silver Jubilee visit to Ulster.


1977: Queen Elizabeth arrives in Northern Ireland in 1977. She took her first-ever helicopter ride to do so.


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1961: Queen Elizabeth disembarks from the royal barge, with help from the Governor of Northern Ireland, John Loder.


1955: Princess Margaret walks through a guard of honor in Belfast.


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1953: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip drive through Northern Ireland during their coronation tour.


1946: Then-princess Elizabeth launches the HMS Eagle, a new aircraft carrier, in Belfast.


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1946: Princess Elizabeth holds her goddaughter, Elizabeth Lavinia King. The newborn is the child of Lieutenant Commander James Osborne King and the Honorable Elizabeth Patricia White, the latter of whom was one of the princess's childhood friends.


1937: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive in Belfast.


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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